The Milli Vanilli of corporate AmeriKKKa

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Postby sab » Tue Feb 05, 2002 2:41 pm

On this site we have routinely smacked pr and marketing types associated with the entertainment industry for their ridiculous corporatespeak and thinly veiled obfuscations of truth. The basic “idea” of many of these campaigns and their resultant press salvos seems to be that “things are thus because we say they are,” as if an ad campaign can act as a substitute for a company actually doing something. Which brings me to everyone’s current favorite company-ya-love-ta-hate, Enron. Below is a quote taken from the Enron Web site, in the “Who we are” section:

“It's difficult to define Enron in a sentence, but the closest we come is this: we make commodity markets so that we can deliver physical commodities to our customers at a predictable price. It's difficult, too, to talk about Enron without using the word ‘innovative.’ Most of the things we do have never been done before.”

That’s right: No company that big has ever declared bankruptcy before. But is Enron not just the ultimate realization of the Madison Ave. hucksters wet dream, heck, our entire culture’s obsession with image? Enron, the company for which public relations spin and hype are all that there is. Why even bother to have typically crappy products and services to build that hype around when you can just play financial games and hide the whole house of cards?

While it's obvious in most of pop culture that the Emperor (Britney?) has no clothes, has this ethos of unsubstantiation become so prevalent that it now infects every institution in society?

Ugh!

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Postby Guest » Tue Feb 05, 2002 8:08 pm

On 2002-02-05 13:41, jeffsab wrote:
While it's obvious in most of pop culture that the Emperor (Britney?) has no clothes, has this ethos of unsubstantiation become so prevalent that it now infects every institution in society?



The answer: yes, you silly, because it works! It sells! And it sells big!

Why do you think Hollywood not only keeps remaking the same 5 movies, but makes them even worse than the 17th generation copy of 'Animal House' they ripped off? ("Sid, I got American Pie meets The Matrix! With time-traveling killer apes and a wise-cracking talking baby! The soundtrack is already gold!")

It's painfully obvious that the American public wants crap. If they didn't, why would they make Britney their queen? George Bush Jr. their president? How could there even be movies like 'Corky Romano'? Our whole damn culture is nothing but a Simpsons episode without the satire.


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